We spoke to Dan Hardcastle about his decision to upload the 21-episode Planet Coaster playthough in one day.
Dan drew attention on 11 November by releasing the much-requested sequel episodes in his Planet Coaster let’s play series in their entirety on his NerdCubed channel. The 21 episodes run for over 15.5 hours in total. This is a complete departure from the weekly release schedule used on that channel in the past and favoured by many YouTubers.
When asked what brought on the idea of a Netflix style approach to releasing the series, Dan says he “just wanted to see if it could be done!
At the moment I’m experimenting with YouTube, trying to release something new and/or weird once a week and I hit a small snag,” he goes on to explain. “A second series of Planet Coaster is easily the request I receive the most after ‘get down from there’ and ‘give me back my dog’ but I didn’t quite know how to put a twist on it. The solution I came up with was to make it like I would a daily series, but just throw all 15.5 hours of it up at the same time.”
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While commentators have had mixed opinions about the experiment, Dan anticipated that some people would unsubscribe from his channel as a result. He lost around 7,000 subscribers in two days but still remains positive, saying “Most people who left were likely just inactive subscribers who noticed me again.
“A thing I didn’t expect though was that people who hadn’t watched me for a while took notice and have come back into the fold. We’ve even had a small increase in people watching older videos. Taking up 21 slots in someone’s subscription box will get you noticed!”
Despite this, views for videos in the series overall are skewed towards the early episodes, which easily break 100,000 views, while later episodes struggle to hit 10,000. However, it may still be that it’s too soon to tell how the series will be received.
“I’m going to give this series a couple of weeks and then pour over the analytics,” says Dan. “Even a few days after release like now I still don’t know what to make of it. Lots of people are using the like/dislike buttons to speak about how they enjoyed this release method more than anything right now but that should settle over time.”
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